HISTORY OF TRC SIMULATORS
TRC Simulators originated in 1999. Curt Roth Sr. (a Cessna 172 flyer since 1984) experienced that VFR flight was often hampered by weather conditions. Out of curiosity he started an investigation into the number of employable flight hours at Rotterdam Airport, using as its guideline the conditions set by the flight school for the use of aeroplanes by novice pilots.
In collaboration with MeteoConsult (a Dutch meteorological institute), data was measured each day on the hour throughout 1999. This information was then placed into a spreadsheet, to which the flight school’s conditions were added. The result showed that the actual usable flight hours were only 43% of the hours theoretically available. The variables employed were based on VFR flight.
Roth additionally researched the available options for the training of novice single-engine pilots. The results were shocking; the available single-engine simulators are aimed at IFR training, have no resemblance to the environment of an actual cockpit, and completely lack required visuals to allow a novice pilot to make a turn from base-leg to the runway.
The decision to start in-house development of a VFR simulator was made in 1999, resulting in the foundation of TRC Simulators b.v.. It was decided that the company would make a substantial investment in the creation of moulds for plastic components. This investment has allowed us to offer high-quality simulated flight instruments at a reasonable price.
Nowadays TRC Simulators shifted from a hardware supplier for the flight simulator industry to a manufacturer of complete flight simulator solutions for the general aviation market. Together with our partners, we are continuously improving the flight dynamics of our simulators and the certification process for the newly designed flight simulators.
DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION
Most of our products are complete designed and developed by TRC Simulators in house. For the production of some of our parts that we can’t produce ourselves (from pcb’s to cabin parts) we work together with trusted partners in the Netherlands and in other parts of the world. Below you can find some pictures of the production process of the aluminum molds for our TRC 472 Cabin, that is being used for our static and motion simulators.